Madrid to Cadiz
Travel from Madrid to Cadiz in Andalucia is easy by train from Madrid Atocha Station. And it covers a long distance – some 650 kilometres! There are around 3 direct daily trains from Madrid to Cadiz Station. The journey time is around 4 hours. Another option is to take the high-speed AVE service from Madrid to Seville Santa Justa Station before changing trains for Cadiz. There are 8 daily services you can do this way. An average journey times are 4 hours and 30 minutes including the connection at Seville. When you arrive at Cadiz Station, you’ll find yourself close to the city’s port and a short walk from the Old Town.
For more information on taking the high-speed AVE service from Madrid, see our guide to departing on the AVE from Madrid Atocha Station. But if you’d rather drive from Madrid to Cadiz with the convenience of your own car, see our Madrid Atocha car rental guides. Many car hire suppliers also offer one-way rentals within Spain. There’s usually a surcharge but it’s worth considering if you’d rather start and finish your trip in a different location.
Best in Cadiz Travel
Cadiz is the capital of the province of Cadiz in Andalucia. This lively port city is located on a peninsula, very nearly enclosed by the sea. It’s connected to the mainland by La Pepa Bridge and Jose Leon de Carranza Bridge to its east, and a long stretch of sandy beach to its south. Many tourist sights are concentrated around the Old Town in the north of the city. They include the multi-domed cathedral, the ruins of a Roman Theatre, San Sebastian Castle and La Caleta Beach.
Founded by the Phoenicians in around 1100BC, Cadiz is one of the oldest settlements in Western Europe. And the best place to learn about the city’s rich history is at the Cadiz Museum, which is also in the Old Town by Plaza de Mina. Part art museum and part archaeological museum, Cadiz features work from Spanish artists and Phoenician artefacts.
Best beyond Cadiz
Cadiz is one of the main gateways to the Costa de la Luz. Close to Cadiz, lovely beaches including Rota, El Palmar and Conil de Frontera are all easily accessible. Further south, you’ll find more stunning beaches at Bolonia and Tarifa (pictured at the top).
In addition to some great beaches, this part of Andalucia is also famous for sherry. The Sherry Triangle, an area particularly known for sherry production, is pretty much on Cadiz’ doorstep. Towns including Sanlucar de Barrameda, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Jerez de la Frontera have some great wineries where you can learn more about the art of making sherry.
Further inland, the Cadiz province is home to some of the ‘Pueblos Blancos’ Andalucia is famous for. They’re whitewashed villages in picturesque hilltop settings. Villages worth a visit around Cadiz include Vejer de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera and Olvera (pictured above).
About 40kms northeast of Cadiz, Jerez Airport is the nearest airport. As well as several domestic routes, the airport has regular flight connections to include London, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. It also has a good selection of car hire. And like Cadiz Station, Jerez Airport is a good place to return a car hire if you’re ending your trip here.